Ambrose Bierce  

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"The frank yet graceful use of "I" distinguishes a good writer from a bad; the latter carries it with the manner of a thief trying to cloak his loot." --The Devil's Dictionary (1906) by Ambrose Bierce

"Marriage : (n.) A household consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all, two."--The Devil's Dictionary (1906) by Ambrose Bierce

"Gunpowder : (n.) "Milton says it was invented by the devil to dispel angels with, and this opinion seems to derive some support from the scarcity of angels."--The Devil's Dictionary (1906) by Ambrose Bierce

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Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (June 24, 18421914?) was an American editorialist, journalist, short-story writer and satirist, today best known for his Devil's Dictionary.

Bierce's lucid, unsentimental style has kept him popular when many of his contemporaries have been consigned to oblivion. His dark, sardonic views and vehemence as a critic earned him the nickname, "Bitter Bierce." Such was his reputation that it was said his judgment on any piece of prose or poetry could make or break a writer's career. Among the younger writers whom he encouraged were the poet George Sterling and the fiction writer W. C. Morrow.




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